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    Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

Book review: Participatory planning for climate compatible development in Maputo, Mozambique

This book is accessible in the best sense of the term and yet offers complex ideas and challenges to traditional planning norms that have shaped a geography of vulnerability across Maputo, says Jonathan Silver.

The climate crisis is not an uncertain future or purely scientific debate but a frighteningly real present that particularly threatens coastal, low-lying cities that an estimated […]

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    The Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs: the African Union barks, but will it find its bite?

The Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs: the African Union barks, but will it find its bite?

What do the African Union’s Agenda for 2063 and the SDGs mean in a changing development landscape on the continent? Fortunate Machingura looks at how the regional dynamics are evolving.

 

The African Union (AU) is often described as a ‘toothless bulldog’ with credibility and legitimacy deficits. But its recent work may be indicative of a changing status. Through the Africa […]

December 21st, 2016|Development, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Africa: Beyond Recovery by Thandika Mkandawire

Book Review – Africa: Beyond Recovery by Thandika Mkandawire

The strength of Africa: Beyond Recovery by Thandika Mkandawire lies in the historical account of the problems facing Africa because of the structural, economic, technological, ideological, and political constraints prevailing at global and regional level, says Michael Chasukwa.

The book discusses the challenges and opportunities for Africa as far as the quest for development is concerned. It is an output […]

December 16th, 2016|Development, Featured|0 Comments|

The Vocabulary of a Development Worldview

Ifeoluwa Adedeji analyses the shift in notions used to refer to postcolonial states.

Rarely is the term “Third World” used in popular media and academic texts today. It is possible that that market is not completely wiped out, but it has reduced significantly in scale and frequency such as third world peoples, third world problems, third world women and the […]

December 8th, 2016|Development, Featured|2 Comments|
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    Book Review: Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

Book Review: Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid

LSE’s Richard Stupart says Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011 – 12 by Daniel Maxwell and Nisar Majid is an excellent volume that should be mandatory reading for researchers, practising humanitarians, or policy makers interested in understanding better what went into the making of and response to a ‘complex humanitarian emergency’ in Somalia.

 

This year marked the fifth […]

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Two Books; One Title

Alice Evans reviews two books and raises some questions.

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Policy, State Capacity, and Coalition Building. Teichman. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence. Sam Hickey, Kunal Sen and Badru Bukenya (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2015.

The age of ‘best practice’ is over. The time of politics has come. Rather than […]

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    Book Review: Homegrown Development in Africa: Reality or Illusion? by Chukwumerije Okereke and Patricia Agupusi

Book Review: Homegrown Development in Africa: Reality or Illusion? by Chukwumerije Okereke and Patricia Agupusi

LSE’s Naomi Pendle says that Chukwumerije Okereke and Patricia Agupusi are successful in presenting a new, in-depth analysis of what it really might mean for development to be homegrown in Africa.

The book, Homegrown Development in Africa: Reality or Illusion? asks whether development strategies in Africa really are autonomous from external control and are, therefore, Homegrown Development (HGD). The book […]

February 26th, 2016|Development, Featured|1 Comment|

An Alternative Perspective on Africa Rising

LSE’s Nyaguthii Maina finds that Winnie Byanyima is hopeful despite the continuing challenges the African continent faces.

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Is Africa’s growth trajectory overhyped? Is it as Omidyar Network’s Ory Okolloh call, ‘a fetishisation’ over some of the continent’s development achievements at the heavy expense of turning a blind eye to the weighty issues? As she concernedly asks, “will technology ‘save’ […]

How will the #SDGs differ from the MDGs?

As  the excitement around the SDGs summit comes to an end, Oxfam’s Duncan Green and Takumo Yamada look to the future and the challenges that lie ahead in implementing and following through on the ambition of the goals. Among the multiple possible avenues of influence, they ask which will generate the greatest traction, ensuring legacy of the goals is borne out in deeds, not just words.

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October 21st, 2015|Development, Featured|0 Comments|

My bet on the Gates’ Big Bet on Development in Africa

Ahead of the unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, LSE’s Donnas Ojok analyses the development projections of The Gates Foundation.

 

Every year, Bill and Melinda Gates, the world’s richest couple and co-chairs of the world’s biggest philanthropic organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation produce an annual report. The 2015 Annual Report is a unique one because […]

April 2nd, 2015|Development|1 Comment|

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